The Lagos State Government says it will partner with the state governments in the northern part of the country in a bid to stem the influx of beggars into the state and to address street begging. The state’s Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said this at the annual ministerial briefing in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second year in office.
According to her, the menace of street begging and the influx of beggars into Lagos has become a recurring decimal.
While noting that the state’s facilities are already overburdened, Akinbile-Yussuf said the state government will try to convince the northern leaders to, perhaps, make adequate provisions for the beggars, so as to reduce their influx into Lagos.
On achievements by her ministry, she said four hundred and sixty-six youth have benefitted from various livelihood vocational skills training sessions to address unemployment and promote self-reliance/entrepreneurship in the state, in the last two years.